Welcome back to all our returning students, and big first time welcome to our new students, both freshmen and transfers.
Several new things are now found at Jarrett Library, so let's jump right in and tell you about it.
ID Card Reader for Front Door
A card reader for your ETBU ID card is now found at the Jarrett Library front door - at least the one to the right as you are entering the building. This is for added security, and you will your ID to enter the library from 6:00 PM - Midnight (well, 11:50 PM) Monday - Thursday, and all day on Saturday (Noon - 4:50 PM) and Sunday 4:00 PM - 11:50 PM).
Because of this we no longer require that you show us your ID card as you enter the building, even during the day. However, don't forget that if we do request to see your ID card you must present it to any member of the library staff who asks to see it.
If for some reason you forget your card it will be up to the staff member on duty to determine whether you can have access during these hours. If for some reason you have your ID card but it is not opening the door you will be admitted, but you should get a new ID card as the chip has probably gone bad. We expect these problems to be quite infrequent though, and hope that you find the new way to access the library will give you added safety and security.
The library now has a scanner! Even better - it costs you NOTHING to use it! You can save your files by either emailing it to yourself or inserting a thumb drive and downloading it that way. It does traditional file types - pdf, jpg, etc. It also does a text-to-voice conversion which you can save as an mp3 file.
The scanner has an easy-to-use touchscreen, but if you need help using it the first time don't hesitate to ask for assistance at the circulation desk.
There is no direct printing from the scanner, but you can take your file and print it from any of the printers on campus - or a personal printer if you have one.
Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)
The ACE headquarters have been moved from Meadows to the Library. If you need some extra help with your classes, ACE is the place! To find ACE take the first set of steps "downstairs" and it is immediately on your left where the children's literature section was located.
With the new scanner the need for a copier will be less important, but it is still around. Instead of retrieving a copy card from the front desk simply bring your document for copying to the circulation desk and it will be copied for you. The cost is still 5 centers per copy and will be deducted from your print pages or you can pay up front with cash.
The Reference Desk used to be located across from the circulation desk near the glass wall. However, after several years of planning we have finally moved the desk "downstairs" to the area in front of the large pillar, not far from the new ACE room.
At some point during the academic year we also hope to have a new reference desk that will better serve your needs as you seek help with your research.
You'll notice other smaller changes when you come into the library, and you will continue to see changes throughout the year as we shift parts of the collection. There many exciting plans for the future so continue to read this blog or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news from Jarrett Library
by Cynthia L. Peterson
Director of Library Services